The variables used in general relativity to describe the shape of spacetime. If your question is about metric units, use the tag "units", and/or "si-units" if it is about the SI system specifically.

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Using the Metric in Book Gravitation (MTW)

Here is the whole Box 2.2, at Page 55 The dot behind the second $-p^2$ seems to be a "planck mass" (sarcasm, flea egg) or just the book's style to use Dot behind the equations. So the Equation is ...
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Coordinates vs. Geometries: How can we know two coordinate systems describe the same geometry?

Specifically, I'm asking this because I'm taking a class on General Relativity, and in Hartle's book Gravity, in Ch. 12, after having spent some time using Schwarzschild coordinates, we are introduced ...
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Need some help understanding Relativistic Notation

My question originates from what is done in the book on Quantum Field Theory book by Mark Srednicki on page 21 (if anyone has it). So say you have an inertial frame that is represented in the ...
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Metric defining an sphere [closed]

I want to find for which cases this metric can define an sphere: $$\frac{1}{P^2}\left(\mathrm d\theta^2+\sin^2 \theta\; \mathrm d\phi^2\right)$$ where $P=\sin^2 \theta+K\cos^2 \theta$, with $K$ the ...
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Kerr Metric from rotated Schwarzschild?

Say we have got a system in GR that is described by the Schwazschild metric. Then we perform a coordinate transform that gives the metric in a rotating system. Why is the transformed metric not the ...
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Problem on parallel transport [closed]

I've been trying to go through an example for parallel transport but I cannot quite follow the solution. A surface (paraboloid) is given by the parametric equation $r(ρ, φ)$ = $ρ \cos(φ)\hat{i}$ + $ρ ...
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Electromagnetic tensor in cylindrical coordinates from scratch

I want to calculate the electromagnetic tensor components in cylindrical coordinates. Suppose I did not know that those components are given in Cartesian coordinates by $$(F^{\mu \nu})= \begin{pmatrix}...
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What are gravitational waves relative to? [closed]

I have been having trouble picturing what kind of waves say Sun and Earth would make. Looking from top perspective Sun is in the middle and denting space while Earth is moving which is also denting ...
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Is there a parametrization for the shape of space?

I was thinking about how the space is curved. And how do we know that the shape of space arround a singularity is something like that: So I was trying to make a similar parametrization of this kind ...
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What is a metric? [closed]

I was taking a basic course in general relativity. They introduced a concept of a metric which I wasn't able to understand can somebody explain it to me why do we need a metric in curved spaces?
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Gravitational waves induce changes in the $h_{00}$ (time) component of the metric?

I'm rather stumped by a subtle point regarding metric perturbations of GW. I'm well aware the GW are able to produce changes in the flat space metric, They are transverse and have planes of ...
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Representing 1+1 Minkowski space as a surface in 3D Euclidean space

In 1+1 Minkowski space the distance between two points is given by$$ (x_1 -x_2)^2 -(t_1 - t_2)^2.$$ This is different from the Euclidean distance. But is it possible to come up with a 2D surface ...
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How does gravitational wave compress space time?

My question came from the talk of how gravitational wave stretches and compresses space time. Say there are two protons that are 1 centimeters apart, as a G-wave passes through them, would the ...
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Spherical metric multiply by a function

I know that if I want to get the metric for a two sphere I consider a Cartesian flat space, I change to spherical coordinates and then I consider that the radio is constant (so the space is not flat ...
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Gravity with more than one metric tensor

As weird as it sounds, yes, there are gravity theories with more than one metric tensor. This is called bimetric gravity. My question to those who have encountered bimetric gravity before: a) ...
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How can I understand $\mathrm ds^2 = -c\,\mathrm dt^2 + [\mathrm dx-v_s(t)f(r_s)\mathrm dt]^2 +\mathrm dy^2 +\mathrm dz^2 $ in the simplest way?

How can I understand this equation $$\mathrm ds^2 = -c\,\mathrm dt^2 + [\mathrm dx-v_s(t)f(r_s)\mathrm dt]^2 +\mathrm dy^2 +\mathrm dz^2 $$ in the simplest way? I am a 13 year old boy who is totally ...
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Choice of the coordinate system in a spherically symmetric solution

For a static spherically symmetric solution, the metric can be written as $$ds^2=-A(r)^2 dt^2+\frac{dr^2}{B(r)^2}+C(r)^2d\Omega^2$$ In some cases, we can write $C(r)=R$ and interpret then $C$ (or $R$)...
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Stokes theorem in Lorentzian manifolds

I've fallen accross the following curious property (in p.10 of these lectures): in order to be able to apply Stokes theorem in Lorentzian manifolds, we must take normals to the boundary of the volume ...
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Geometrically deriving Lorentz transformation from Minkowski diagram

How can we derive Lorentz transformation from a Minkowski diagram (like below image) by using only geometry theorems such as sines theorem and Pythagoras theorem?
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Working with indices of tensors in special relativity

I'm trying to understand tensor notation and working with indices in special relativity. I use a book for this purpose in which $\eta_{\mu\nu}=\eta^{\mu\nu}$ is used for the metric tensor and a vector ...
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Three time dimensions and one spatial dimension degeneracy

Is there a sort of degeneracy in the space-time metric for our universe? What I mean is that it seems you would observe all the same properties of our universe if you simply placed a minus sign in ...
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Does Birkhoff's theorem hold inside the event horizon?

Can Birkhoff's theorem be used to say that the blackhole exterior and interior sections of Kruskal-Szekeres's solution (or coordinate transformations of it like Gullstrand–Painlevé coordinates, etc.) ...
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The Physical Basis of Our Assumptions about Physical Space

Let $\mathcal{S}$ represent the set of all points in physical space. Using measuring rods and assuming our use of them does not depend on time, we can establish a one-to-one correspondence between $\...
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Schwarzschild manifold

I am given the following metric $$ds^2 = \frac{dr^2}{1-2m/r} + r^2dS,$$ where $dS$ is the standard metric on the unit sphere $S^2$. I am told that this is isometric to $\mathbb{R}^3$ or (taking its ...
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Exercise 18b in Schutz's First course in GR

The question is as follows: Show that a timelike vector and a non-zero null vector cannot be orthogonal. So we have a timelike vector $\vec{A}$, s.t $\vec{A}^2<0$; and a non-zero null vector, ...
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Does the Lorentz transformation necessary follow from the two postulates of relativity?

The two postulates of special relativity are: The choice of what inertial frame to use is arbitrary: all laws of physics are invariant. (the principle of relativity) The metric $$(\Delta s)^2 ...
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Meaning of $R=0$, $R_{ab}=0$. $R_{abcd}=0$

First let me state some definition The Einstein tensor is given by \begin{align} G_{\mu\nu} = R_{\mu\nu} - \frac{1}{2} g_{\mu\nu} R \end{align} and note that \begin{align} G^{\mu}_{\phantom{\mu} \...
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Divergence of inverse of metric tensor

I know that the Levi-civita connection preserves the metric tensor. Is the divergence of the inverse of metric tensor zero, too?! I'm not so familiar with the divergence of the second ranked tensor. ...
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Minkowski's dot product

I am trying to deduce the Minkowski's dot product for two dimentional space: $$g=x^1y^1-c^2t_xt_y$$ If $f$ denote the Lorentz's transformation for two dimentional case: $$\begin{array}{rcll} f:&\...
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Metric components transformation under change of coordinates

I have been studying Lie derivatives and some applications. While searching the web I found a refence with the following statement: For a general Riemannian manifold $M$, take a tangent vector field $...
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Tensor indices and row and column labels of corresponding representation matrices

When reading undergraduate GR literature, I often see that the authors represent tensors ${\eta^\alpha}_{\beta}$, ${\eta^\beta}_{\alpha}$, $\eta_{\alpha \beta}$, $\eta^{\alpha \beta}$ as matrices. ...
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Performing Wick Rotation to get Euclidean action of scalar field

I'm working with the signature $(+,-,-,-)$ and with a Minkowski space-stime Lagrangian $$ \mathcal{L}_M = \Psi^\dagger\left(i\partial_0 + \frac{\nabla^2}{2m}\right)\Psi $$ The Minkowski action is $$ ...
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Is metric $g$ a representation of Lorentz group? What decides it's transformation properties?

I am confused what representation of Lorentz group does a metric transform under? How does it's transformation properties are decided?
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Lorentz invariance of the Minkowski metric

As far as I understand, one requires that in order for the scalar product between two vectors to be invariant under Lorentz transformations $x^{\mu}\rightarrow x^{\mu^{'}}=\Lambda^{\mu^{'}}_{\,\,\...
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What does diagonalization mean here?

In a gravity theory in spacetime, the metric has signature $− + +· · ·+$. Concretely this means that the metric tensor $g_{μν}$ may be diagonalized by an orthogonal transformation, i.e. $$(O^{-1})_{μ}^...
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When is the event horizon a Killing horizon?

I know the definition of both (event horizon is closure of causal past of future null infinity whilst Killing horizon is a null surface where some Killing vector becomes null e.g. the surface where it ...
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Minkowski metric: Why does it look like it does? [duplicate]

I have been searching for why would we even start with Minkowski spacetime metric as being written as: $$ds^2=-dt^2+dx^2+dy^2+dz^2.$$ No really, so why would we have a negative sign for temporal ...
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General relativity degrees of freedom — simplified version?

I'm afraid my question may be too general, but I would like to ask how I could find out the degrees of freedom in a given tensor. I have had this question since I started studying GR. At first, I ...
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Mode expansions of fields

This is a very simple question but would appreciate it if someone could clarify - I've heard different things from different people so I'm a little bit confused yet the question is simple: Given the ...
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Calculate lapse function from the metric

I have a technical question about the lapse function: Assume I have some given (Lorentzian) metric $g$. I have seen the following definition of the lapse function $\alpha^{-2}=-g(\nabla f, \nabla f)$...
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What is the metric tensor for?

I am wondering how to use the metric tensor, in practice? I read the book and done the exercises in A student's guide to vectors and tensors by Dan Fleisch. The concept of a tensor and their ...
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Derivation of Schwarzschild metric using the full machinery of differential geometry [closed]

How would one derive the Schwarzschild metric using the full machinery of differential geometry, using the component approach as little as possible? Something along these lines: Begin with a manifold ...
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Why do we introduce the idea of manifold in GR books

After reading Timaeus answer here: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1302672/compound-map-in-manifolds, I got an idea that spacetime we usually talk about in GR can be described as a manifold. ...
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Why pseudo-Riemannian metric cannot define a topology?

It is not clear for me why a positive definite metric is necessary to define a topology as noted in some textbooks like the one by Carroll. Does this imply that in cosmology, say through FLRW metric, ...
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When the equations of motion are not unique (eg. when they are given by eigenvectors), which will the free particle adhere to?

For this question I think it will be easier to express the usual equation describing the motion of a "free particle,"--viz. $g_{ij}\dot{x}^i\dot{x}^j$--in matrix form as follows: $$g_{ij}\dot{x}^i\...
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Does metric signature affect the stress energy tensor?

If one were to derive the stress-energy tensor for a metric with $(+,-,-,-)$ signature would it be different from the stress-energy tensor derived from the same metric but with $(-,+,+,+)$ signature?
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Covariant and contravariant 4-vector in special relativity

I've just learned about contra- and covariant vector in the context of special relativity (in electrodynamic) and I'm struggling with some concept. From what I found, an intuitive definition of ...
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Why is $|\Lambda^0_0| \ge 1$ for a Lorentz transformation?

I'm taking a course of QFT and in the notes that the professor gave us he says that for a Lorentz transformation $\Lambda^\mu_\nu$ we have $|\Lambda^0_0| \ge 1$. He doesn't give further information ...
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Minkowski space-time

Suppose we have the vector space $\mathbb{R}^4$ and the Lorentz's transformation $f:\mathbb{R}^4\to\mathbb{R}^4$. Consider a inner product $g$ given by: $$g(x,y)=x^1y^1+x^2y^2+x^3y^3-c^2t^1t^2$$ for ...
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Killing field in Minkowski space-time

If we look at the killing equation for a vector field $X$ in $\mathbb{R}^{(p,q)}$ (or on an open subset thereof) in coordinates with constant diagonal pseudo-metric we get: $$X_{\mu,\nu}+X_{\nu,\mu}=...